January 4, 2016

Injured Veterans Learn from World-Class Coaches at Park City Mountain Resort January 4-6

 

WHAT: This week, over 80 service members of Team Semper Fi (TSF) and Team America’s Fund will hit the slopes to take part in the Big Mountain Ski and Snowboard Camp in Park City, UT. They’ll build more than just skill at this unforgettable event—they’ll also leave with camaraderie, confidence and life-long bonds with their fellow teammates. During the 3-day camp, the veterans will receive instruction from world-class coaches including Paralympic athlete Keith Gabel, a medalist at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games and an X-Games gold medalist.  Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund are part of the rehabilitative sports program of Semper Fi Fund, a veteran non-profit.

WHEN: January 4 – 6, 2016

WHERE: Park City Mountain Resort

1345 Lowell Avenue, Park City, UT 84060

WHY: Skiing and snowboarding are ideal outlets for injured service members to hone both physical agility and mental focus, skills that are critical to navigating their recovery.  Learning and practicing alongside fellow wounded service members, they also have the opportunity to trade stories, share strategies for coping with their injuries, and forge lasting friendships.

 Service members available for interviews between 9am and 3pm

  • Joshua Elliott, a retired Marine who lost both legs in Afghanistan in 2011. He has triumphed over his injuries to represent the US in the 2018 Paralympic Games, competing in monoski.
  • Anthony Radetic, an Army pilot who was paralyzed by a severe spinal cord injury, hasn’t let that slow him down – he’ll be competing in monoski at the 2018 Paralympic Games in Korea.
  • Stefan Leroy, a double-amputee injured by an IED while serving in Afghanistan in 2012. Stefan originally hails from Santa Rosa, CA.
  • Robert “Bobby” Donnelly, a Navy veteran who served for eight years, and now works full-time for Semper Fi Fund. He lost his right leg below the knee, but continues to compete in triathlons and enjoy a number of other recreational sports.
  • Raymond Andalio was a Navy corpsman injured in a blast while serving in Iraq, suffering both traumatic brain injury and PTSD. He has been with Team Semper Fi for several years, and can speak to the many benefits of participating in its events.

 Please contact Alicia Sellitti, [email protected], 917-822-9010 to arrange interviews prior to the event.

 On-site contact: Brian McPherson, [email protected], 740-819-9781.

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 About Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund

 Semper Fi Fund and America's Fund provide urgently needed resources and lifetime support for wounded, critically ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Case managers from the Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund work one-on-one with service members and veterans in order to understand and support their individual needs right now and throughout their lifetime. We keep our overhead low so our impact on the lives of service members and veterans is greater and we are one of only three veteran charities to receive an "A+" rating from The American Institute of Philanthropy, and a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.